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PRA Health Sciences Reviews

Updated 15 December 2017
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PRA Health Sciences President, CEO & Director Colin Shannon
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Pros
  • The work/life balance is the best that I have experienced in my career to date (in 71 reviews)

  • Salary; Autonomy; Work From Home (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Poor work/life balance teamed with lack of managerial support makes it hard for staff to stay with the company (in 29 reviews)

  • Upper management was overly strict with a job that can be done from home (in 23 reviews)

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  1. "Project Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Great IT Systems and training.

    Cons

    Salary low for industry
    Managers over worked and do not have time for their teams.

    Advice to Management

    Bring salaries back in line with the rest of the industry to keep employers.


  2. "In-House CRA"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good team, enjoyed the work and projects

    Cons

    Very bad management in the UK clinops office
    Staff massively overworked with unrealistic expectations

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees!


  3. Helpful (1)

    "American culture doesn't fit. Poor management"

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    Former Employee - Project Associate in Swansea, Wales
    Former Employee - Project Associate in Swansea, Wales
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I suppose you've got to work somewhere.

    Cons

    Poor management | Lack of career advancement opportunities | 'Training' is laughable | Moral is low | Low pay for industry | Office environment is dark and uninviting | Too many managers and not enough staff | None supportive (personally and professionally)

    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to the little ones at the bottom. They're the ones holding you up!


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  5. "Good Opportunities"

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    Current Employee - Project Associate in London, England
    Current Employee - Project Associate in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Training programmes and talent pools available to work your way up the company into different roles

    Cons

    Vast difference in manager quality.
    On board training lacks hands on approach.


  6. "Good training, resourcing a problem"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PRA Health Sciences full-time

    Pros

    The training courses that were implemented since ~2013 seemed to offer good opportunities to get into clinical research.

    Cons

    Progression in the company was difficult, feels like many leave because of this. Line management were ineffective and resourcing was terrible.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better quality line managers and listen to staff with respect to resourcing; staff are either so overloaded they burn out or the total opposite having nothing to do and eventually cannot bear the boredom and lack of ability to meet all the KPIs so moral quickly diminishes.


  7. "Fantastic Experience at PRA!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Definitely the people - I work in team of passionate and driven individuals. The company has a great culture and work life balance.

    Innovation - My role in the Talent Acquisition department has developed so much since I joined PRA. Be it technology, resources, project opportunities - there is lots of scope to contribute new ideas and keep improving how we work.

    Cons

    Difficult to think of any - having a great experience.


  8. "Good company need a few tweaks!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    PRA is a good overall CRO probably the better ones
    Flexibity to work at home
    Medical insurance and life insurance

    Cons

    Maternity allowance not that great if in the future your thinking about having a child whilst working here

    Advice to Management

    Update Maternity policy in line with other pharma and CRO companies, most pharma companies give 6 Month full , PRA have gone very minimal to exact government
    Guildelines


  9. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director of Clinical Site Contracts EAPA in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Director of Clinical Site Contracts EAPA in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    employee appreciation
    career development
    expertise
    exposure to new opportunities

    Cons

    can not report any issues

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what is currently happening


  10. "Good CRO to work for"

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    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Reading, England
    Current Employee - Clinical Research Associate in Reading, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PRA Health Sciences full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly environment
    Structured company
    Good training programs for different roles
    Many systems and organised processes in place
    Good career progression
    Depending on the role, opportunity to be either office or home based
    Exposure to many Sponsors, wide variety of therapeutic areas and study phases

    Cons

    Low salary compared to other CROs and Sponsors
    No option of dedicated regional monitoring
    Contracted Days-on-Site can change depending on study allocation
    UK-wide monitoring expectations - including Ireland and Scotland
    Slow progression from junior Clinical Research Associate to CTM roles

    Advice to Management

    To level up the Clinical Research Associate salaries, compared to other CROs and Sponsors.
    Provide opportunities and support for faster career progression from junior CRA to management roles.


  11. "Don't bother in their IT dept"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    typical company whjo complains "what do I pay you for" when things work and the exact same thing when things stop working

    Cons

    ZERO chance of career development or even training.

    Advice to Management

    stop expecting 2 people to do the work of 6


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